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Cebu to raise marker to honor martyrs, survivors of martial law

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CEBU CITY, Philippines -- A marker recognizing Cebuano martyrs and survivors of martial law will soon rise at Plaza Independencia near the Cebu City port area.

Anti-Marcos groups led the ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony of the marker after the “Cebu Rages Against Tyranny” rally Wednesday morning, part of nationwide protests against the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

“We still need approval from city hall. This can be a collaborative effort between the city and the anti-Marcos groups. Definitely, we will follow the process,” said former city councilor Alvin Dizon, who is among the organizers, on the construction of the marker.

He said they plan to erect it beside the existing martial law memorial marker inside Plaza Independencia if city hall approves the project.

Among the martyrs to be honored are the late Assemblywoman and broadcaster Nenita “Inday Nita” Cortes Daluz, the late Fr. Rosalio “Rudy” Romano, lawyer Vicente Balbuena, professor Evelyn Neri, Ribomapil “Dodong” Holganza Sr., Fr. Luis “Louie” Hechanova and lawyer Valentino Legaspi.

The survivors are Auxilium Toling-Olayer, Francisco “Bimbo” Fernandez, retired Cebu Regional Trial Court Judge Meinrado Paredes, professor Zenaida Uy, former senator Sergio Osmeña III, Fr. Emi Maningo, Ruben Diaz, and lawyer Democrito Barcenas.

Olayer, Fernandez, Paredes and Barcenas attended the groundbreaking ceremony and recalled their experiences. They also encouraged the youth at the rally to continue fighting for real democracy.